Red Eared Sliders
Scientific NameTrachemys scripta elegans
Native To Southern United States
Habitat Areas of still, warm water such as ponds, lakes, swamps and creeks
Diet Omnivore: invertebrates, crustaceans, small fish, insects, snails and aquatic vegetation
Size and Age Average length 8-37 cm (3-15 in); average weight 3 kg (approximately 7 lbs); average lifespan of 20-60 years
The red eared slider is a small freshwater turtle that is easily identified by bright red stripes behind the eyes, and yellow stripes found on its skin. Turtles are ectothermic reptiles—meaning they are cold-blooded and unable to regulate their own body temperature. Red eared sliders are commonly found basking in sunlight on rocks and logs, or burrowed into the earth during the winter for brumation—a hibernation-like state for cold-blooded animals.